SCDHEC Issues Anti-Sludge Order
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has issued a statewide emergency order banning illegal “sludge.”
Wait … so does that mean this website has to shut down?
We kid, we kid … the SCDHEC order targets the illicit discharge of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (a.k.a. PCBs), which were used as dielectric and coolant fluids prior to being banned by the U.S. Congress in the late 1970s.
“The Department was notified in July 2013 of polychlorinated biphenyls contaminated material in
three publicly owned treatment works located in upstate South Carolina,” the SCDHEC emergency order reads. “Because PCBs were banned in the United States over thirty years ago, they are not expected to be found in wastewater systems. The Department’s investigation indicates the materials found in the POTWs were illicitly discharged into the systems and originated from unknown sources.”
The agency issued its statewide order after additional PCBs were “detected in a restaurant grease trap in Richland County.”
The SCHDEC order is effective immediately …